The City of Toronto’s 50 mobile Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued 43,412 tickets in June and July in Community Safety Zones.
In June, the devices issued 24,587 tickets, with the device on Parkside Drive south of Algonquin Avenue (Parkdale-High Park) issuing the most tickets at 2,602, or approximately 11 per cent of all tickets. There were 1,656 repeat offenders with two frequent repeat offenders: one receiving 10 tickets for speeding on Stilecroft Drive west of Sharpecroft Boulevard (York Centre) and another receiving 10 tickets for speeding on Park Lane Circle east of Glenorchy Road (Don Valley West).
In July, the devices issued 18,825 tickets, with the device on Parkside Drive south of Algonquin Avenue (Parkdale-High Park) issuing the most tickets at 1,937, or approximately 10 per cent of all tickets. There were 890 repeat offenders with two frequent repeat offenders: one receiving six tickets for speeding on Denison Avenue south of Grange Avenue (Spadina-Fork York) and another receiving six tickets for speeding on Stilecroft Drive west of Sharpecroft Boulevard (York Centre).
All ASE devices are now in service at the fifth round of locations to help reduce speeding in more areas with safety concerns, encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. Signs were posted at all locations to warn drivers in advance.
The total payable fine includes a set fine, determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act, a victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. ASE tickets do not incur any demerit points and do not affect a person’s driving record.
The City continues to process Part III offences for excessive speeding incidents captured by the ASE devices. Excessive speeding is when a vehicle has exceeded the speed limit by 50 km/h or more. Under provincial regulations, there is no set fine or out-of-court settlement for charges related to excessive speeding. Instead, a summons is served to the registered vehicle owner to appear in court.
So far this year, 159 Part III charges have been laid. The highest excessive speed detected was 146 km/h in a 50 km/h speed limit zone on Martin Grove Road north of Garfella Drive (Etobicoke North).
The 50 ASE devices are installed in Community Safety Zones. Sites are selected primarily based on data that indicate where speed and collision challenges exist. Each municipal ward has two ASE devices that capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.
The ASE program aims to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. It is designed to work with other Vision Zero methods and strategies, including engineering measures, education initiatives and traditional police enforcement.